Advent Days 22-23

I always feel like the closer we get to Christmas the less hours we have each day. Why is that? Even when it’s a nice, relaxed day, I feel like a have fewer hours. I was telling Blake last night how when I was a kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas morning, but now that I’m an adult, I almost don’t want for it to come. Because then Christmas time-the season-is over. Maybe that’s why it feels like I have less time. Either way, because I “had less time” I’m combining  a couple of days for you here.

For Day 22 we made the cinnamon ornaments from the She Reads Truth advent book. They were simple and fun to make! In the advent book they strung theirs to make a garland. For this year we opted to turn them into ornaments to add to some of our gifts. Wanna know how we made them?

Start with 2 cups of cinnamon and  2 cups of applesauce.


Now combine them and mix them all together. It will form a nice, thick paste.


Now sprinkle some cinnamon (not flour) on a sheet of wax paper and place another sheet of wax paper on top. Roll it out to about 1/4″ thickness.


After a while we lost the top piece of wax paper.


Choose your cookies cutters and cut away. If you want to make holes in them for string, now is the time to do so.


Bake at 200* for 2 hours. Let set for 24 hours. Your kitchen will smell like wonderful cinnamon for a couple of days. 🙂

You can make more or less ornaments depending on what your preference is. Just use a 1:1 ratio of applesauce to cinnamon. We got 2 full cookie sheets of them with 2 cups of each.


For Day 23 we made Swedish Tea Rings.

Years ago a family friend had me over so she could teach me how her family makes them. It was such a fun day! Ever since then we’ve made them each year so we could eat them for breakfast on Christmas Eve. Because it is their family recipe, I won’t be sharing it here. But I will show you the pictures!


Have a very merry Christmas Eve everyone!

DIY Thanksgiving Peg Dolls


So when I say DIY, I mean it fairly loosely. As in, here’s an idea of something you can do yourself. This isn’t exactly a tutorial. In fact, it’s not a tutorial at all. Terribly sorry if the title is misleading… Anyhoo. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my sister and I spent an evening watching Gilmore Girls and painting these pretty little dolls. I really love the way they turned out! (Except for my pilgrim man, I got some white on his face that I can’t quite figure out how to fix without painting a whole new doll-which I don’t really want to do). But other than THAT I’m so happy with them sitting on my mantel looking all cute and festive.

So you want to do some too? Ok, here’s a few tips for you: Start by ordering some peg dolls on Amazon. I used these and my sister used these. Either is a great choice! You really can’t go wrong here. They are, after all, going to be your peg dolls. Next, decide which colors you want to use and track them down. If you don’t own any, you can buy some at any craft store. We just used acrylic paint. Nothing fancy or expensive. Then, look up some pictures of Thanksgiving peg dolls on Pinterest, Etsy, etc. Or you can use mine as inspiration. We combined some of the ones we liked and added some touches of our own. They don’t take long to dry, but make sure they do before you set them up. If you’re feeling a little intimidated, don’t worry. Believe me when I tell you that I am no artist. My sister, on the other hand, is a fantastic artist. And while she didn’t take as long painting hers as I did mine, they both ended up looking really great! So give it a try. I think you’ll surprise yourself. And, please, share the results! I would LOVE to see them! Hope you have fun trying out something new!